Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One whose business is to keep cows; a dairyman; a herdsman.
- n. A person, in a city or town, who keeps stall-fed cows and retails the milk.
“Is not the ant, therefore, entitled to be regarded as a cow-keeper, and are not the tiny little aphides his milch-cows?”
“Young Allen ran on, the soldier pursuing him, till he entered his father's premises, who was a cow-keeper, and _there_ the soldier shot him.”
“His calling, with the interval of a brief military service in the fencibles, was the tending of cattle, in the several gradations of herd, drover, and bo-man, or responsible cow-keeper -- the last, in his pastoral county, a charge of trust and respectability.”
“At the commencement of the winter, a cow-keeper in the neighborhood told our man that we should give our cows a little mangel-wurzel.”
“And whether I am known by one name or another --- or whether I can draw a bow as well or better than a cow-keeper, or whether it is my pleasure to walk in sunshine or by moonlight, are matters, which, as they do not concern you, so neither need ye busy yourselves respecting them. '”
“They say that Caedmon was a cow-keeper: but the shepherds of Theocritus and Virgil are figments of a courtly brain, and Wordsworth himself, in his boldest flights of theory, was forced to allow of selection.”
“In Humphry Clinker (published in 1771), in the Letter of April 24, we read that there was 'a peal of the Abbey bells for the honour of Mr. Bullock, an eminent cow-keeper of Tottenham, who had just arrived at Bath to drink the waters for indigestion. ”
“On Wednesday, Jack went out again and hired himself to a cow-keeper, who gave him a jar of milk for his day's work.”
“As cow-keeper, Vergniaud, having a wife and three sons, being in debt to”
“During the Restoration he was, in turn, cow-keeper on the rue du Petit-Banquier, keeper of a livery-stable, and cabman.”
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